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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Colposcopy

Colposcopy is a way of looking at the cervix through a special magnifying device called a colposcope. A colposcope can enlarge the normal view by two to 60 times.

Reasons for Colposcopy
Colposcopy is done when a Pap test shows changes that could lead to cancer.

Colposcopy also may be used to further assess certain problems:

The Procedure
Colposcopy is done like a Pap test in a doctor's office. You may be referred to another doctor or to a special clinic to have it done.

Colposcopy may involve taking pictures of your vagina and cervix.

The procedure is best done when a woman is not having her period.

Biopsy
During colposcopy, the doctor may see abnormal areas. A biopsy of these areas may be done.

Results
If a biopsy was taken, it will be studied in a lab. When biopsy results come back from the lab, your doctor will discuss them with you.

Recovery
If you have a colposcopy without a biopsy, you should feel fine right away.

If you have a colposcopy with a biopsy, your vagina may feel sore for one or two days. You may have some vaginal bleeding. You also may have a dark discharge for a few days.

 

 

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